The cooking oil aisle in the grocery can be a confusing place to be. Aside from the different brands on the shelves, you also have to consider the type of cooking oil to buy. Most of them do the job of frying well, but if you’re looking to make the most out of them in your cooking, then knowing how to cook with them might come in handy.
We’ve already gone through which cooking oils are healthy and which ones aren’t, now let’s find out the best way to cook with them.
Olive oil is one of the healthy options for oil. If you’re feeling lazy, simply drizzle it over salad or make olive oil based pasta. This oil is also ideal for marinating as the oil easily penetrates into the first few layers of meat, fish, and vegetables. It’s also good for sauces because if you whisk olive oil, it’ll help emulsify the watery ingredients with it.
Canola oil is a versatile cooking oil, which is why it’s no wonder that this is the most bought one out of all of them. Because of its light texture, canola oil is good for sautéing, stir-frying, and grilling. Because of its mild flavor, canola oil is also good for baking because it does not interfere with the overall taste.
Coconut oil is high in fat concentration, making it an oil that handles high heat fairly well so use this for sautéing or frying. This is also a great substitute for any other oils when cooking and baking.
Unlike coconut oil, sesame oil is best used in low heat so it’s not advisable to use this for deep-frying. This is also rather flavorful so it’s best to use them in small amounts as the nutty taste might be overpowering. Use this for stir-frying and for seasoning Asian dishes (especially for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cuisine).
Since this is one of the best oils for high heat cooking, avocado oil is great for frying. It’s very light and even has a creamy and almost buttery taste to it. Use this to marinate meats and vegetables or use it as a dressing to make your salad healthier and tastier.